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A History Of Obama’s Violent Rhetoric

During his short time in the American mindset, Barack Obama has used violent rhetoric on several occasions to get his point across. His public use of use language is one of many firsts for this president. Here is a list that is sure to grow as time goes on.

Part 2 can be read here.

1.  “Whose Ass To Kick”

Obama got very defensive when questioned about his inaction on the BP oil spill during an interview for American television on June 7, 2010 and said the following:

2. Bring a Gun to A Knife Fight

During a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania furndraising stop during the campaign on June 13, 2008, Obama echoed Sean Connery’s famous “Chicago Way” monologue during the election campaign.

“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama told the audience. “Because from what I understand folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.”

Source: The Wall Street Journal

3. “Argue With Neighbors, Get In Their Face”

At another campaign stop on September 18, 2008, Obama advocated that his supporters “argue with [people], get in their faces”:

4. “I don’t want to quell anger… I’m angry!”

At the height of public resentment at bonuses being paid to Wall Street investment bankers, Obama said on March 30, 2009 that “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry. I’m angry.”

Although Obama did say he wanted to “channel our anger in a constructive way,” he did not specify how that anger would be channeled.

Source: The New York Times

5. “Get out of the way”

On August 8, 2009, Obama lashed out at Republican critics of his handling of the economy.

“I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don’t mind cleaning up after them, but don’t do a lot of talking.”

6. “Gearing up for a Fight”

During a weekly radio and television address on February 28, 2009, President Obama laid out his plan to reform healthcare in America. He also had a message to the special interests opposed to his agenda.

“I know they [the special interests and lobbyists] are gearing up for a fight as we speak. My message to them is this: so am I.”

7. “Hit Back Twice As Hard”

During the town hall meeting protests of the summer of 2009, Senior White House adviser David Axelrod and deputy chief of staff Jim Messina told Democrat Senators, “If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard.”

Although the quote is attributed to Messina, it has been tied to Obama and did come from an official top source in the Administration.

Source: PatDollard.com

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  1. ron says

    1. "Whose ass to kick"

    2. "Bring a gun to a knife fight"

    3. "Argue with neighbors, get in their face"

    4. "I don't want to quell anger…I'm angry"

    5. "Get out of the way"

    6. "Gearing up for a fight"

    7. "Hit back twice as hard"

    8. "The police acted stupidly"

    9. "They drove the car into the ditch and they want the keys back? NO!"

    10. "My grandmother acted like a typical white person"

    And, the hypocritical, duplicitous, Liberal/Marxist media had the balls to call G.W. Bush a COWBOY???!!!

    Hail to the "community organizer" from the streets of Chicago. The friend of home-grown terrorists Bill Ayers & Bernadine Dorin, and the black liberation minister Rev. Jeremiah Wright…he's a reverend just as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are reverends.

  2. john4TheTruth says

    Where did he come from? This man is just what you will find in the ghettos, you take the suit off of him, give him a beer and he will revert to type, dont worry he will slip up and burn his own ass……………………Its just a matter of time…………….

    He is still going to say something about the “Jews in Israel like that other leftie” and you can bet your ass he will be out!

  3. Rob says

    WAKE UP AMERICA!

    View the UnCola Prez

  4. Anthony says

    Barack Obama aka Barry Soetoro’s whole demeanor is nothing but empty oratory; the violent rhetoric is nothing but a mask for this Kenyan coward. This buffoon never would stand up and fight, after all he is the “negotiator”.

    Don’t be fooled by his tough public image, just examine his behavior particularly in present BP oil disaster. What is he doing? He is drinking and partying while blaming others, a mark of an empty one-dimensional coward.

    Obama is angry! That sure is impressive, what will the messiah do? Huff and puff sputter and cough.

    Obama is the toothless dog that barks and snorts at people and when confronted, runs away.

    The song that is most appropriate for this cardboard cutout should be, “who’s afraid of Obama wolf”.

  5. wanda says

    Kudos peoples..kudos..

    • Pam says

      Does this REALLY compare to crosshairs, targets, “reload”, “shoot ‘em between the eyes” ? Not in my opinion. His choice of “violent” words sounds more like a sports analogy than like warfare.

      • Darlene Reynolds says

        REALLY? “Bring a gun to a knife fight”????? You may want to take the blinders off.

  6. Jon says

    Don’t forget Obama’s comment to Latinos:

    ‘we’re going to punish our enemies and we’re going to reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us’

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